High-Quality Instructional Materials Matter: A Future Ready NE Conference Preview

Dr. Cory Epler of the Nebraska Department of Education joins us this week for a conversation on the work being done around High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIMs) in Nebraska. This episode is a Future Ready Conference preview of Dr. Epler’s breakout session, #MaterialsMatter, which will be delivered at 11:35amCT on June 14th.

Resources Referenced in the Pod

The Future Ready Nebraska Registration Link: https://nefutureready.com/

The Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative: https://nematerialsmatter.org/

The Nebraska OER: https://www.oercommons.org/hubs/nebraska

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The State of Tech in Education: A Future Ready NE Conference Preview

This week, Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook and Tech Like a Pirate, joins the pod as a Future Ready Nebraska Conference preview. Matt will be keynoting and leading a breakout session at that FREE virtual event on June 14. In this episode, our conversation focuses on how the pandemic era of learning has accelerated tech integration in education, and we discuss the promise this shift holds for the future of education as a result. Additionally, Matt delves into his work supporting teachers, TikTok for professional development, ideas from his latest book, and more.

Register (It’s FREE) for the Future Ready Nebraska Conference: https://nefutureready.com/

Access Matt Miller’s Ditch That Textbook Site: https://ditchthattextbook.com/

Link to Resources Matt Mentioned in the Pod: https://ditchthattextbook.com/101

For ESU staff in network, these books are available for checkout in the PD Library:

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Stories from the Classroom: How Relationships Are at the Heart of Learning

In this episode, Brooke Kavan (ESU 7) and I visit Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska to chat with Brooke’s 17-year-old cousin, Camille O’Neill. Camille, a junior at MWHS, navigates her school day with significantly limited vision due to a condition called retinopathy of prematurity. In the pod, Camille shares about the challenges she faces on a daily basis and her ability to persevere, learn, and succeed with the support of her physics teacher, Mr. Tyler Berzina.

Educator Effectiveness Summit – June 2021

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Register Here

9:00 am – 1:00 pm (CST) Daily

FREE for ESU, NDE, and Educator Preparation Program Personnel


Conference Schedule

Thursday – June 10, 2021

9:00 am – Welcome, Updates on S.E.E.D. Instructional System, and Keynote
10:30-10:50 -Making Connections Zoom-Room Conversations 
10:50-11:00 – Break
11:00-11:45 – Breakout A Sessions 
11:45-12:10 – Break
12:15-1:00 Breakout B


Friday – June 11, 2021

9:00-9:30 – Welcome, Making Connections to Yesterday’s Sessions, and Keynote
10:30-11:00- Making Connections Zoom-Room Conversations
11:00-11:15 – Break
11:15-12:00 – Breakout C 
12:00-12:30 – Break
12:30-1:00 – Wrap Up


Basic Threat Assessment Training 2021

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Threat assessment and management evolved from practices used to assess and manage potential risk of violence. This K-12 school team training will help your school form or enhance the team that will focus on identifying, assessing and managing the risk/threat of violence posed by students, staff, and community members toward the school community.

Schools are encouraged to participate in the virtual training with a team of 4 or more members. Cost is $100 per person.

Cost savings option – a team can attends for FREE when all four of these professional roles are represented and attend together.

  • school administrator
  • staff member 
  • law enforcement
  • mental health professional (school psychologist, social worker, or LMHP)

Register your team for one of the upcoming virtual trainings here: